Saint Barthélemy is an autonomous Caribbean island with French ambience, a distinctive élan, and beautiful unspoiled beaches. It is known as a playground for the rich and famous, situated in the French West Indies just to the south of St Martin.
The island's name is abbreviated to St-Barth in French, and it's also known as St Barts or St Barths among American and British vacationers respectively. Only about 10 square miles in area, the island is small, friendly and stunningly beautiful.
Vacationers on St Barths have several choices for accommodations, including private villas or luxury rental homes, small five-star hotels, intimate luxury resorts, and small guest houses. For most of the year, St Barts is a favored destination for vacationers who want seclusion, privacy, stunning beaches, access to fine dining, superb services and outdoor activities including water sports, tennis and sailing.
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Among the attractions of this mountainous volcanic island are lush green hillsides, spilling down to white sand beaches, with shallow coral reefs and abundant marine life just off shore.
There are vast stretches of sandy, unspoiled beach, chic boutiques, upscale restaurants, some with a French Creole influence, and a relaxed vibe.
St Barts is a popular celebrity destination because of its beauty, intimate feel, upscale accommodations, numerous highly rated restaurants and a relatively high standard of living.
Tourism is limited by geography as the shallow port can only accommodate small luxury cruise ships, and small prop planes. With a population still under 10,000, St Barts annually attracts about 200,000 visitors.
New Year's Eve is the event of the year in St Barts, when the island is visited by hundreds of luxury yachts, the villas and hotels are all fully booked, and the party in the harbor town of Gustavia lasts through the night!
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When talking about vacation rental options on St Barths Island, you'll often hear one of WIMCO's villa specialists say "there is a villa for everyone". Whether you're looking for a deluxe villa with a spectacular view, a simple vacation home by water's edge, or something in between, you'll find variety in our 300+ first-class villa collection on island. With choices from classic West Indian architecture, to exceptional modern abodes, locations with great breezes, or ones with all-day sun, your options abound.
With the expertise of our experienced villa specialists, you'll be guided on which regions of the island may be best suited for you and your group, and the advantages offered in vacationing during the equally appealing calm low-season. Enjoy the opportunity to shop in the diverse food markets, choosing from organic meats and veggies to delicious French cheeses and excellent wines, and take time to cook in your splendid villa, and dine under the stars.
As development along most beaches is restricted, there are only a few beachfront rentals available on St Barts. Those that exist are highly-prized, and command premium prices. They are unique and highly individualized.
If you're interested in booking a private St Barts beach villa, WIMCO has some choice options, ranging from asingle bedroom, one-bath cottage to spacious, fully-furnished luxury homes with pools, ocean views and up to eight bedrooms and baths.
Most villas in St Barts are built on hillsides, affording them excellent ocean views. There are many 3+ bedroom villas that are very family-friendly, with private pools, landscaped gardens and expansive decks.
Most luxury villas on St Barts are only a short drive from a beach. WIMCO's portfolio of private rental villas come with full concierge services, and our local team is available to serve you and your family from the moment you arrive on the island.
Romantic St Barts villa rentals designed specifically for couples are perfect for a honeymoon, a couples getaway or an anniversary celebration.
Whether you are looking for a beach house rental, an elegant apartment with harbor views, or a hillside hideaway with a private pool, a WIMCO vacation specialist can help you fulfill your dream.
If you are looking for the ultimate in service, WIMCO can arrange the service of private chefs, chauffeurs, babysitters and even butlers. All of these services are available on an a la carte basis, so you only pay for what you need.
Standard services for villa rentals in St Barts include daily housekeeping, linen and towel service and 24/7 concierge service. Indulge yourself and enjoy every minute of your luxury St Barth vacation villa rental.
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For some, nothing beats hotel life-the ease of room service and on-site restaurants is a treat in and of itself. Take advantage of our skillful team of hotel specialists, who have spent time at each of the intimate hotels we represent, and who actively reflect client feedback into their recommendations.
Our seasoned hotel specialists will spend time to understand your group's specific needs and wants, research available rooms, and secure the best available price. In other words, let us do the heavy lifting!
St. Barths offers a variety of small charming hotels -from deluxe Relais & Chateau, to simple (and lovely) boutique options. Our professional hotel team can book long weekend romantic getaways or full length vacations, and would be thrilled to help arrange unforgettable destination weddings and marvellous honeymoons.
On St Barts, you won't find the big hotels that exist elsewhere in the Caribbean, but that's part of the charm of this decidedly French island. Only about 10 upscale hotels exist here, many with no more than 15 rooms. The top 5 hotels on St Barts are:
Hotel Le Toiny: consisting of 15 pastel bungalows, called Villa Suites, overlooking the bay of Toiny. Each has a private, gated entrance, and is surrounded by tropical vegetation.
Cheval Blanc Isle de France Hotel: a luxury hotel located on Flamands beach, which plays host to a weekly fashion by the pool! The hotel has a spa with a full menu of treatments offered, and an inviting al fresco restaurant overlooking the bay.
Le Christopher Hotel: You'll love the huge free-form infinity pool that seems to extend into the sea just beyond. Located on Pointe Milou, this 35 bedroom hotel is an ideal place to catch a sunset.
Le Sereno Hotel: With only 39 newly-refurbished suites and three spacious four-bedroom villas that stretch along a sand beach, this spa hotel includes a fitness room, spa, and a serene garden that invites meditation and relaxation.
Eden Rock Hotel: This highly-rated hotel was once the site of a private home owned by the first mayor of the island.
In 2020, two luxury hotels are reopening after undergoing extensive renovations – The Guanahani Hotel in Grand Cul de Sac, and the Carl Gustaf Barriere Group Hotel in Gustavia.
Vacationers coming to St Barts can choose to rent a private villa ranging from one to eight bedrooms in size, or reserve one or more rooms in a 5-star luxury resort hotel.
Villas are a great option for groups who enjoy space and privacy, yet also want to be able to easily come together as a group to prepare meals, relax by the villa's private pool, and enjoy games or movies at night. Book a unique St. Barts beach rental, or choose from among the distinctive St Barts villas for rent.
Add the personal services you need to make your stay truly carefree such as private chef service, and in-villa spa and massage services.
Vacationers can also choose to reserve one or more rooms at an upscale boutique hotel, where life is no more complicated than deciding when to order breakfast and what to choose for an afternoon cocktail.
Revel in personalized spa treatments, swim or go body surfing or parasailing, or just idle away part of each day taking walks on the beach and simply gazing at the sea.
If you're looking for a distinctively privileged vacation in this treasured isle, contact WIMCO's hotel team.
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St Barts is one of four Leeward islands, including Saint Martin, Martinique and Guadeloupe, known as the French West Indies. The island is 10 miles south of St Martin and about 1,200 miles southeast of Miami.
Once part of the department of Guadeloupe, a French overseas region, St Barts was also under Swedish rule for almost a century, and Gustavia, its capital, was named after Gustavis, a Swedish king.
Because the island's airport has one of the world's shortest runways it can only accommodate small prop planes. Thus, there are no direct flights to St Barths from any airports outside of the Caribbean.
To reach St Barts by plane you need to fly to either San Juan, PR, St Martin, Antigua or Guadeloupe. The airports on those islands all offer short local flights into St Barts. Popular local carriers include Tradewind Aviation, Win-Air and St Barth Commuter.
Scheduled ferry service is also available from St Martin. It's also possible to charter private flights from Miami, or to arrive by private yacht, and those are the preferred modes of transportation for many celebrities who vacation in Saint Barthélemy.
The peak vacation season in St Barts runs from November through June. December bookings typically must be made at least six months in advance. The temperatures rise considerably in the months of June to September.
Many consider November, April and May to have ideal weather, with temperatures running between the low 70s and low 90s, and little rain. Daily rain showers are common from September through November.
Visitors from the U.S., Canada and European countries must have a valid passport and show a return or ongoing ticket in order to enter St Barts.
Citizens of other countries may need visas, but should check with their own nations' embassies or consulates. No vaccinations are normally required.
Because of its small size, restrictive development regulations and sensitivity to preserving the natural landscape, St Barts does not have some of the typical attractions of other Caribbean islands like water parks, casinos and golf courses, but that doesn't mean you'll be bored. Known for its casual chic, some of the more popular things to do include:
Spending time at the beach: With up to 20 pristine, public beaches to choose from, you can visit a different beach every day.
St Jean Beach, home to popular beach bars like Lil Rock, Pearl Beach and Nikki Beach, and the best place to watch the small planes take off and land.
Shell Beach, located within walking distance of Gustavia and home to Shellona, a popular beach bar.
Flamands Beach, is one of the longest beaches on St. Barths where rolling surf, shady palm trees and two beach-side cafes make for great relaxation.
Gouverneur Beach, with beautiful cobalt water that's ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It's remote, but worth a visit for a lazy day in the sun, along with a picnic basket.
Bistro Hop and Dine Out: Nikki Beach is an experience not to be missed for people-watching, and Bagatelle, a chi-chi bistro along the marina in Gustavia, has wonderful chef-prepared food, music, dancing and outstanding cocktails.
Notable restaurants include Black Ginger, Eddy's Restaurant for traditional Creole dishes, La Guerite, Le Repaire, Maya's Restaurant, Orega for French-Japanese fusion at dinner, Bonito for its cocktails and view of Gustavia harbor, and L'Isola, serving Italian classics by candlelight.
But the choices are so varied, and the list so extensive that you'll want to discover your own favorites.
Uniquely St Barth: The Halle des Poissioneirs, or fishmongers hut is near the ferry terminal in Gustavia. Local fishing boats unload the local catch to restaurateurs between 7 and 9 a.m.
It's quite a show, matched only by the hungry tarpon who put on a show of their own as they battle to consume fish parts thrown into the water.
WIMCO Villas vacation planners personally visit each villa in its luxury vacation rental portfolio in St Barts so that they have personal knowledge of the best St Barts villas for rent. They also spend time researching everything there is to see and do in St Barts so they can best advise you about activities, beaches, restaurants, shopping, watersports and places to visit on the island for your particular needs.
Once you book your villa or hotel, you'll turn your attention to setting-up international and local flights. Need a hand figuring out the best routes and best pricing? Why not call WIMCO's Air Department? We will ensure best pricing, and you will have access to VIP airport transfers and airport arrivals service.
Looking for a carefree vacation? Leave the planning to WIMCO and its concierge services team. Want a waterfront table at a popular restaurant - done. Interested in a jet ski trip around the island? We'll book it for you! Too weary to venture out after a long day at the beach? Call WIMCO and get dinner delivered, or have a private chef prepare a meal for you.
Want to book your villa or hotel in St Barts through a trusted local expert? WIMCO has a villa rental and concierge services office located directly across the street from the St Barts airport arrivals gate - ideally positioned to serve you. Feel free to contact us at your convenience to inquire about luxury villa or five star hotel accommodations.